After a hibernation period of about ten years the Nelson brothers all of a sudden release three album in a time period of only two months: ‘Before The Rain’ (a collection of demo recordings from the end of the eighties and beginning of the nineties), ‘A Perfect Storm’ (a live album from their ‘After The Rain’ world tour from 1990/1991) and the new studio album ‘Lightning Strikes Twice’, which in my opinion sounds surprisingly good. Also Nelson was in the early nineties, after having tasted the big success, a victim of the upcoming grunge phenomenon and they disappeared from the spotlights quite rapidly. ‘Lightning Strikes Twice’ is a remarkable return to the melodic rock scene and therefore Lords Of Metal contacted Gunnar Nelson to get a feeling on how things are in the Nelson camp nowadays.
Gunnar, it was quite a surprise for me to hear from Nelson again after a hibernation period of about ten years. What have you and Matthew been up to during those ten years?
Matthew and I had a lot of family business to attend to in the past few years, most specifically the real and intellectual properties of our father Ricky Nelson. We also spent our time over the past seven years or so touring incessantly (between 75-100 dates per year), assembling a sound business team for our family endeavors and living real lives in the short moments in between all of that. We’d just gotten our own label, Stone Canyon Records, to the level of strength it’s currently at about fourteen months ago, which coincided with being approached by Frontiers with doing the ‘Lightning Strikes Twice’ album.
Then all of a sudden a new album ‘Lightning Strikes Twice’ sees the light of day on Frontiers Records. How did you get connected to that label in the first place and why were they interested in a new album of Nelson?
I’ve always had a burning desire to make a follow up to our debut record that would prove for once and for all that Nelson was no “one hit wonder” (even though we had four top ten hits in the US). I had a good eighty percent of the record written for that purpose when I was approached by Serafino Perugino of Frontiers Records to make a follow up to the ‘After The Rain’ album and what I found was that the record I’d already been working so hard on was in fact was that very record that we all wanted: the record I always felt Nelson should have been allowed to make twenty years ago. Matthew then came in to write with me for the remaining twenty percent of the album… and that was when something magical happened. That was when we realized that we had both been carrying around the same desire to finish what we started with ‘After The Rain; all this time and that this was our opportunity to do just that. Serafino is not just a shrewd business man- he’s a true FAN of the music he sells through Frontiers, first and foremost.
“Kicking My Heart Around” from the new NELSON album “Lightning Strikes Twice” has made the Number 1 slot in the Top 25 songs of 2010 on Phoenix Radio U.K. in the 2010 countdown on “Hair Metal Haven with Chris Nelson”.
You can listen to Phoenix Radio at www.phoenixradio.co.uk.
Thanks to Chris and all the U.K. NELSON fans!
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NELSON "Lightning Strikes Twice" album cover (Frontiers Records)
It’s been years since Nelson has released any new material and even longer since they’ve had a radio hit (1991 to be precise). So, why would the band think that after all this time, they would be able to release a brand new album that fans would find relevant and want to add to their music collection? The answer is simple. Nelson still has talent. They proved that with their new release, Lightning Strikes Twice (due out in February in the US, available now in Europe). Lightning Strikes Twice is the perfect complement to After The Rain, even though it is several years (and several albums) removed from the Nelson debut.
NELSON | Lightning Strikes Twice
NELSON "Lightning Strikes Twice" album cover (Frontiers Records)
By Enrico Navella
As in reality, after the lightning comes the thunder. In the case of the Nelson brothers, however, they come as one, overlapping and mutually supportive, for the seventh time, in a small modern fairy tale that keeps the pace and preserves the legacy of the great legend, that of an important name in the music within the American popular culture: Rick Nelson. Although, the music business in the twenty-first century is extremely and horribly deformed and different from that in which the singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, actor, quintessential precursor of the American teenage idols, used to disentangle. The father of the twins, Gunnar and Matthew, perhaps, had a talent so huge that the fate had to distribute it, as an inheritance, into two entities working as one.
December 3, 2010
Frontiers Records is proud to announce the signing of a new Distribution Agreement for its label products with EMI Music Distribution in North America.
The new Agreement will be effective from January 1st 2011 and marks a “huge step forward in the label’s expansion strategy” – as stated by Frontiers President, Serafino Perugino.
EMI Music will distribute physical product from Frontiers Records in the United States of America and Canada. Plans are already underway to expand the territorial areas of partnership.
“We are happy that Frontiers Records have chosen us to partner with to release some of the greatest rock bands of all time – on their label you will find greats such as Whitesnake, Asia and Yes” said EMI’s Executive VP / General Manager Mike Harris. “True classic rock artists that have sold millions of records worldwide. We look forward to a very rewarding relationship and know we will see true success in 2011.”
Frontiers has recently announced the new partnership with Derek Shulman and 2Plus Music Entertainment who will oversee the label development and marketing over the North American market in conjunction with the EMI team in New York. Shulman said: “Our friends at EMI are all real music enthusiasts and we are looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship with them. The North American Frontiers team is gearing up for the first quarter release, which includes new music from Mr. Big, Nelson and Whitesnake”.
The first releases which will be distributed with the new set up in January 2011 will be the recent YOSO debut “Elements”, the ALLEN LANDE hit album “The Showdown”, along with NELSON’s recent comeback “Lightning Strikes Twice” and MR. BIG forthcoming “What If…” The first quarter release plan shall be officially announced shortly.
Frontiers Records Official Spot
I know that I’m giving something away when tell you that when I first heard Nelson’s hit single “Love and Affection” on MTV during the summer of 1990 that I literally jumped in my car and raced to the record store to buy the album. Sometimes I would just have an instinct when it came to music – like in the case of Nelson one song was all I needed to hear to know that the rest of the album was going to be good. And I was right. There wasn’t a bad song on it. Looking back on that summer. It was my last summer of innocence. I didn’t realize it at the time, but the world was about to change. For me it was almost as if the world went from smiles to frowns in less than a year. This was only slightly before the admission that if you liked any music by any band that was unlucky enough to hit the scene on the outer bubble of the 80’s as being synonymous with admitting that you once liked smiling. Then came Kurt Cobain and the invading storm of other bands from Seattle and thus ended the era of smiles.
NELSON fans in Seattle got to see NELSON perform on “New Day Northwest” TV show on KING 5 TV on Thursday morning November 18th. Matthew & Gunnar Nelson appeared on the NBC affiliate morning show with host Margaret Larson promoting their evening concert at 8pm at The King Cat Theater in Seattle.
Check out link below to view this fun video clip from the TV show.
Matthew and Gunnar Nelson promoted their new album, “Lightning Strikes Twice” from Frontiers Records and performed one of their classic hits.
By Mike Seely
For sheer androgyny in the L.A. hair band scene, the twin brothers Nelson were the ne plus ultra. Most impressively, Ricky’s kids (and Ozzie from Ozzie & Harriet‘s grandsons) achieved this look sans guyliner–their porcelain skin, bombshell blonde locks and a few hand-me-downs from their stunt double, Daryl Hannah, seemed to do the trick just fine.
Gunnar Nelson of NELSON on right (Brian Lowe Photography)
Unfortunately for Nelson(s), they burst onto the scene in 1990, at the precise moment when grunge took an aluminum bat to the head of hair rock, and then torched all its Aqua Net for good measure, thus totaling Nelson’s Fiero to megastardom, the apex of which was the power ballad “(I Can’t Live Without Your) Love & Affection.”
But Nelson’s on the comeback trail,playing both their father’s classic tunes–with original members of the Stone Canyon Band–and their own songs at the King Cat On November 18. Here’s what Gunnar had to tell Reverb about, well, everything in his entire life to date, except whether he prefers Granny Smith to Braeburn apples:
Reverb: When After the Rain came out, that was around the time that L.A. hair bands were going out of style and grunge was about to take off. Do you feel like your career was stymied by Seattle’s signature sound?
Gunnar Nelson: “Absolutely. It was the single largest paradigm shift in music history. Geffen (Nelson’s label) actually signed Nirvana. We went on the road and played 220 dates, and came back to find that even our record company guys were wearing flannel. We went from heroes to zeroes overnight. Had our record been released two years earlier, when it was ready, we would have gotten to release one more record and been able to swing for the fence. It really wasn’t fair, because the industry did what it did.”
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“…Closing out the festival were Nelson, playing their first British shows ever. The ‘Timotei Twins’, Gunnar (guitar)and Matthew (bass) have long lost their blonde locks, replaced by shorter, artfully styled crops, but they sure still know how to entertain, even though their gleaming toothy smiles and relentless positivity give them the air of over enthusiastic American ‘life coaches’.
For a band always derided as pink and fluffy, any doubters would have been astonished to see a band with no keyboards and no less than three guitarists, including Mark Slaughter, and the likes of ‘Ghostdance’ – the stand out cut from 1998′s ‘Silence is Broken’ – featured some unexpectedly aggressive guitar solos.
In contrast ‘A Girl Like That ‘showcased their love of the softer harmony sounds of the Beatles and Eagles….”